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Thursday, July 5,2012

Good news from the north

If two recent events are any indication, expect wonderful wines from upstate

by Michael Brenton
The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula dinner at Traverse City's renowned Trattoria Stella on June 7, and the annual Leland Wine and Food Festival — held June 9 — provided perfect venues to sample the new releases from northern Michigan's expanding array of wineries. Summer wine country tourists surely won't be disappointed, nor will they be let down as the new releases begin popping up on store shelves.
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Food Finder

by City Pulse
JOE’S GIZZARD CITY — As “the only Gizzard City in the world,” this 1950s–themed diner (in restaurant only, not in the bar) brings customers in for famous mounds of beer battered, deep–fried chicken gizzards. 120 W. Main St., Potterville. The kitchen closes one hour before the bar closes. 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–1 a.m., Friday–Saturday, noon–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 645–2120. www.gizzardcity.com, FB, TO, P, OM, Wi–Fi $
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Get a belly full of deli

Stateside Deli satisfies a sandwich lover's cravings

by Joe Torok
The sandwich shop that stacks the meat high, with locations in East Lansing and Okemos, has a menu you’d expect from a deli: a few dozen sandwiches and burgers, sides that mostly take a trip through the deep fryer, some slaw, salads, soda and a few desserts.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Food Finder

by City Pulse
GONE WIRED CAFE — This popular hangout and study spot serves more than coffee — beer was recently added. Hungry java junkies can also grab a quesadilla, salad or other menu items. 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 9 a.m.–midnight Sunday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (517) 853–0550. TO, P, Wi–Fi, $
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Do the jerk (chicken, that is)

Palace of Jamaica´s atmosphere is far from regal

by Joe Torok
The colors of the Jamaican flag beckon diners, and I came prepared. Before dining, I chatted up a friend who was born and lived in Jamaica for a time. She told me about the ins and outs of Jamaican cuisine, and, a few months prior, even brought me the national dish, ackee and saltfish — an acquired taste.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Food finder

by City Pulse
COFFEE JAM — Grab some classic comfort food and dessert here. The cookies are made fresh daily, but get there early because they sell out quickly. 6427 Centurion Drive, Lansing. 6:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 6:30 a.m.–4 pm. Friday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday: closed Sunday. (517) 327–1111. TO, D, Wi–Fi, $
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Applause-worthy

For a satisfying Italian meal, just say Bravo!

by Joe Torok
I much prefer to patronize local eateries over chain restaurants. Based on a select reading of my reviews, some may have a difficult time swallowing that fact. It’s just that I also prefer restaurants, local or not, that live up to what they say they’ll delver.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Food finder

Cafes & Diners

by City Pulse
BACKYARD BBQ — Lawn chairs, potted sunflowers and wooden shutters give a backyard feel in a light–hearted atmosphere. Pork is smoked for 14 hours before being served in Backyard’s signature barbecue pork sandwiches. 2329 Jolly Road, Okemos. 10:30 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 381–8290. Second location at 301 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 10 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday– Friday (517) 853–2777. TO, P, $
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

The summer spirits

Grab a glass when Michigan's breweries, wineries, meaderies and cideries pour it on

by Michael Brenton
The summer festival season is shifting into overdrive. One of the early big events was the annual Michigan Beer and Brat Festival on Memorial Day weekend, held at the base of Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Greece is the word

Olympic Broil serves fast food that fills you up

by Joe Torok
Inside, the blue and white color scheme continues from where the marquee left off, a wall of classic car photographs makes it authentically Michigan, and there are plenty of fixed-bench booths, the kind of seating oversized guys like me squeeze themselves into.
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